Romania – Hungary Report 2019

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Romania – Hungary Report 2019 (2019, Bucharest Region) This report is based on a discussion with Didi Ananda Jyotishrii, to make a brief survey in cities with Hungarian population. Especially cites along the Romanian – Hungarian border at Romania side. Didi suggested the cites and the below places were visited: Sinaia, Brasov. Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca), Nagybánya (Baia Mare), Szatmárnémeti (Satu Mare), Nagykároly (Carei), Nagyvárad (Oradea), Arad and Timișoara.

Sinaia and Brasov were not mentioned in the discussion, but on the way to Cluj-Napoca. Sinaia is a famous tourist town in central Romania’s Bucegi Mountains. Its 17th-century Sinaia Monastery was once a royal family residence. German neo-Renaissance Peleș Castle, now a museum, has Klimt frescoes and stained-glass windows.

Survay: Its days of beauty is gone by the excessive number of tourists, local residents migrated to other places, and loss of belonging.

Brasov is just the opposite where local residents have created their own intellectual and entrepreneurial hub. City in the Transylvania region of Romania, ringed by the Carpathian Mountains. It's known for its medieval Saxon walls and bastions, the towering Gothic-style Black Church and lively cafes. Population: 550,747 (2017)

Survay: Broad and wide spread city with 4 lane roads. Place of independence and individualism. Reminds me about Melbourne (Australia). Variations of small shops and entrepreneurs. People's eyes are "open"... common “trade mark”. Behind the buildings along main roads houses are old.... people are not rich but built by middle class. Good possibilities for pracar with an intellectual approach. There are few yoga centres.

Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) the city of university students. A city in northwestern Romania, is the unofficial capital of the Transylvania region. It's home to universities, vibrant nightlife and landmarks dating to Saxon and Hungarian rule. Population: 303,047 (2012)

Survey: City of university thousands of students. At 16:00 you don't see elderly people from railway station to central area, only hundreds of young people. Univercity cities have pracar possibilities but often short term. There are several yoga centers run by individuals. Vould be good to visit them.

Survey

Nagybánya (Baia Mare) has both the beauty and chock. A municipality along the Săsar River, in northwestern Romania; it is the capital of Maramureș County. The city is situated about 600 kilometres from Bucharest, 70 km from the border with Hungary, and 50 km from the border with Ukraine. Population: 140,738.

'Survey: Three places (Pirita, Craica and Ferneziu) with extreme Romii housing problems and hostile due to hard measurements. Forcing children to attend schools, etc.

Contacts: Serviciul Public Asistență Socială, Strada Dacia no. 1

Szatmárnémeti (Satu Mare) Is a city with a population of 102,400 and the capital of Satu Mare County, Romania, as well as the center of the Satu Mare metropolitan area. Mentioned in the Gesta Hungarorum as castrum Zotmar, the city has a history going back to the Middle Ages.

Survey: City of Hungarian influences. Magyar language. Caritas has well established service center. Collaboration is good among NGOs. Romii community in south-east live in apartment buildings. In over all, happy city with joint language. 40% Hungarian. Rich lives in west side of city. Professional service providers. Romii area: Strada Ostrovului

Contacts:
Organisatia Caritas, Strada Dr. Luko Bela nr. 15
Erika Palivas (erika.palivas@caritas-sm.ro)
palimcaserika@gmail.com

Child Protection, Strada Corvinilor nr. 18
Phone: 0261768830

NGO – Hans Lindner, Strada Ceahlaului nr. 38
Phone: 0261715136

Nagykároly (Carei) I didn’t visit but had a short look when by passing with train. A city in Satu Mare County, northwestern Romania, near the border with Hungary. Population: 21,112.

Survey: Short stopover at the station. Small poor village. Near to railway track, plastic dumping place. Small old individual houses of Romii community.

Nagyvárad (Oradea) Beautiful city with compassion. Is a city in northwest Romania, split by the Crișul Repede River. It’s known for baroque and art nouveau architecture, remnants of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Population: 196,367.

Survey: University city with the difference from other cities, there are students from middle-east. There is harmony among the people and they are proud of the establishment.

Contacts:
Carorea Vietii (path of life working with prisoners and homeless), Emanuel Cojdu nr. 5
Mobile: 0722285533 / Sorin
Email: SORIN MAIER <sorinmaier@yahoo.com> (vise-president)
Andy Paine <andy@damascustrust.org> (president)

Caritas Eparhial Oradea, Strada Mihai Pavel no. 3
Phone: 0359418211

Romii areas in south-west:
Dumbrava (contact: Adelina Pasca, 0756999529
Dicanesti (contact: Rebeca Sandra, 0742772575<ber>

DGASPC (Social Asistant and child protection), Strada Feldioarei nr. 113
Phone: 0259476371

Arad the capital city of Arad County, historically situated in the region of Crișana, and having recently extended on the left bank of the Mureș river, in Banat region of western Romania. Population 159,000.

Survey: People are either leaving to Oradea or Timisoar but at the same time large emigration and returnees. Children park, sport fields and activities for youth such as canoeing in the river crossing the city. City of “young families”. Hungarian population 10%. Few vegan and veg restaurants.

Romii areas: Strada Tarafului with apartment building and Strada Marului (south-east) with individual slum houses.

Contacts:
Directia de Asistenta Sociala Arad, Calea Radnei nr. 250, Romania 310318
+40-257-254923, contact@dasarad.ro

Timișoara a city in western Romania, known for Secessionist architecture. The central square, Piața Victoriei, is surrounded by baroque buildings and the Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral, with its mosaic-patterned roof tiles and icon gallery. Nearby is the Habsburg-era square Piața Unirii and the Memorial Museum of the 1989 Revolution. The museum houses uniforms, documents and a film on the Ceaușescu dictatorship. Population 330,000

Survey: One night stopover. Large city, which requires more days to have a good survey. Its history is interesting:

“On 16 December 1989 the Hungarian minority in Timișoara held a public protest in response to an attempt by the government to evict Hungarian Reformed church Pastor László Tőkés. In July of that year Tőkés had criticised the regime's Systematisation policy[28] in an interview with Hungarian television,[29] and complained that Romanians did not even know their human rights. As Tőkés described it later, the interview, which had been seen in the border areas and was then spread all over Romania, had "a shock effect upon the Romanians, the Securitate as well, on the people of Romania.”

General: All cities have a large river crossing the city. Along the Ro-HU border, 600 kilometer, there are no trees except in the cities. Everything have been cut throughout the history starting by the Hungarian and later by Romanians.

First contact in each city, was Tourist Information Center by asking for contacts working with vulnerable people.

Date: 27 April 2019
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